Injury and Player Availability in Women’s International Pathway Cricket from 2015 to 2019
This prospective cohort study aimed to describe injury and illness epidemiology within women’s international pathway cricket, understanding what influences player availability in this unique context where players are contracted part-time. Approximately 8.4% of players were impacted by injury or illness during the year, with an average 2.3% of players completely unavailable on any given day. Most medical complaints occurred during training (111.2 injuries/100 players per year). Of all complaints, medical illness had the highest overall incidence (45.0 complaints/100 players), followed by hand injuries (24.7 injuries/100 players). Gradual onset injuries were most common. Overall average match time-loss complaint prevalence rate was 4.1% and average match time-loss injury incidence rate was 7.0 injuries/1000 days of play. Fielding (56.4 injuries/100 players per year) was the activity resulting in the highest average overall and time-loss injury incidence rates, though ‘other’ activities (e. g. those occurring outside of cricket participation) collectively accounted for 78.3 injuries/100 players per year. The high incidence of medical illness relative to other complaints may be a distinct feature of the women’s cricket international pathway compared to other cricket samples. The high occurrence of injuries arising from ‘other’ activities, likely due to part-time participation, presents an opportunity for targeted injury prevention strategies.
• The first study on an international women’s cricket pathway, contributes to the empirical base for specific injury risks associated with the women’s cricket game, which is an emerging research area for a developing sport.
• Some of the findings may be a distinct feature of the women’s cricket international pathway, highlighting potential opportunities for targeted prevention strategies.
• With the upcoming development of an elite domestic structure these preliminary findings will provide a good starting point for physiotherapy and medical staff working in these contexts.
Received: 19 March 2020
Accepted: 19 May 2020
06 July 2020 (online)
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